Water distribution and wastewater specialist DC Water contracted Veolia to identify areas for improvement in operations and management at the Washington Aqueduct, a federally owned and operated public water supply agency.
“We have been leveraging innovation at DC Water to reduce costs and improve efficiency and wanted to explore whether the same could be achieved at our water supplier.” explains George Hawkins, General Manager of DC Water.
Veolia and Washington Aqueduct teams will work together over the next 18 months to roll out the changes, which should result in savings of $8 to $12 million.
This new consultative partnership model is already being used successfully in New York, Pittsburgh and DeKalb County in Georgia. New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection has already achieved $70 million in savings and is expected to bring this figure up to $100 million by 2016.